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with Debbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, May, 30 2019    

As I indicated in past articles, the adult beverage category comprises beers, wines and spirits. If we subdivided the spirits category we would find seven base spirits: Whisky/Whiskey, Brandy, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Mescal/Tequila and Bourbon. And of course, these seven subcategories can be... Read More

And The 2019 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To...GARY 'BUTCH' HENDRICKSON

Sunday, May, 26 2019    

Since 1952, the name National has become a household staple for most Jamaicans. Read More

Making Food Safety a Habit with the Food Hygiene Bureau Jamaica

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, May, 23 2019    

In my recent presentation at the Observer's foodie seminar, I gave some insight on the importance of making food safety a habit in ensuring the maintenance of personal and public health. One key takeaway from my presentation was the need for food production and service entities to pay... Read More

#ACelebrationofCommunity — Free Hill, St Ann

Thursday, May, 23 2019    

Our community culinary celebration took us Saturday last to Stush in the Bush, located in Free Hill, St Ann. It was the first visit for many, even those from the parish. After the unique superlative dining experience laid out by principals Lisa and Chris Binns, however it would not be... Read More

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR — And The Nominees Are...

Thursday, May, 16 2019    

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2019 committee is pleased to announce the 13 nominees for the Bartender of the Year Award. The top five finalists will be selected on Monday, May 20 and the winner will be announced at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards on Thursday, May 30 at... Read More

Building a Foundation for Food Safety

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, May, 16 2019    

It is without question that the food production processes — primary production, processing, storage and distribution — require adequate infrastructure that will provide a sanitary environment to ensure food is handled safely. I would recommend that a food... Read More

A Celebration of Communities - Chris's Café

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

A successful bar crawl requires good/solid food to absorb the liquor. Discreet enquiries were made and the name Chris's Café surfaced several times. The verdict: Let's just say that we're still raving about the food and have run out of superlatives for the salt fish rundown! We are, by... Read More

Marrying Wine With Divorce

with Debbbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, May, 9 2019    

Marriage is a sacred commitment between two people who have expressed their undying love and who have decided to devote the rest of their lives together. Often, the union produces children and families are joined. So, let us address the elephant in the room. Why this topic? My response... Read More

The Chicken Debate: To Wash Or Not To Wash

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, May, 9 2019    

While scrolling through my social media “stories” this week, I stumbled upon a few posts from disgruntled readers expressing their disgust about a recent tweet by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating: “Don't wash your raw chicken! Washing can... Read More

Bartender of the Year Award

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2019 committee is pleased to announce the nomination of Vernon Johnson, St Aublyn Kidd, Maurice Chung and Jermaine Wray as finalists of the inaugural Bartender of the Year Award.  Read More

A Celebration of Community - Maxine Hot Spot

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

Community bars are as integral to a community as the church pastor, and Main Street, Oracabessa, is home to many. Indeed, from Thursday night through to Sunday the vibes caan done! Welcome to Maxine Hot Spot, where hands-on owner and bartender Maxine Francis 'juggles' orders, engaging... Read More

Dining adventures at the Steak House on the Verandah

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

Inspired by the adventures of the original owner of Devon House, the Steak House on the Verandah feted members of the local chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs to a fantastic evening of gastronomic delights appropriately titled “The Modern Taste of George Steibel's Journey”. Read More

A Celebration of Community — KarPark Car Wash & Bar

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

KarPark Bar located at 12 Belmont Road, Kingston, owned and operated by Nadine Parkes and Karen Darby, was our next stop. Theirs is a great story of female entrepreneurship. Fun fact: Darby is the owner of The Haven @ Hillcrest, a popular bar and grill which has been in operation for the... Read More

A Celebration of Community - KRAAB UP BALLAZ SPORTS BAR

Thursday, May, 9 2019    

Jennifer Rose has been a bartender for 12 years, and at her latest location Kraab Up Ballaz Sports Bar for four years. It hasn't been a bed of roses, but rather a journey of ups, many downs, grit and determination. Read More

Interesting facts about Listeria

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, May, 2 2019    

Listeria has been mentioned in quite of few of my articles as a potential cause of food-borne illnesses. But what exactly is listeria and how is it introduced into food? Here are a few interesting facts which can help you to become more aware of this bacteria and how to reduce the... Read More


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